The conflict in Syria has been going on for more than 8 years now. 13 million people have been affected by the conflict, with many of them choosing to flee the country.

Around 6 million people have resettled within the country to get out of the most dangerous zones, either living with friends and family on more remote regions or finding shelter at refugee camps in the country. Another five million have fled the country an resettled in Syria’s neighbouring countries: Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon.

For a good reason: Experts estimate that around 500,000 people have already lost their lives between the beginning of the conflict and April 2018.

About 6.5 million children are also affected by the chaos in the region and a lot of them have been forced to find shelter in refugee camps.

In the Middle East, winter broke out in earnest a couple of weeks ago. Temperatures are currently around freezing point, which makes life even harder for the people living in shelters.

Refugee camps in the area are short on a lot of things, but winter clothes and shoes for children are some of the most desperately needed items according to Sandra Visscher, the director of UNICEF Luxembourg.

Guaranteeing clean water, education and basic health services and vaccination are UNICEF’s greatest priorities in and around Syria. Last year alone, UNICEF provided clean water to over 2 million people in the area and ensured that around 500,000 children were vaccinated.